Vitamin D – you probably need more of the "sunshine vitamin"

The future’s so bright for this super nutrient, it really is going to need shades! Formerly, it seemed like we only heard warnings about too much sun exposure. So we heeded recommendations to use sunscreen to protect us from damage to our skin which could make us look older or give us skin cancer.

Now doctors are discovering that the majority of sun6adults and children are not getting enough vitamin D and it is contributing to poor health, so they are recommending supplementing with this vitamin for good reason. Lack of vitamin D has been linked to a wide variety of illness and disease, including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Tuberculosis
  • Low back pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Birth defects
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Periodontal disease

Vitamin D also encourages muscle development. Recent studies done at the University of Manchester have determined that young girls (12-14 years) who were supplemented with vitamin D demonstrated more muscular strength and explosive power.

When selecting a vitamin D supplement bear in mind that D3 is superior to D2 due to it’s bioavailability.  The best quality vitamin D supplement that I know of is Isotonix® Vitamin D with K2.  Isotonix® D includes a synergistic vitamin known as K2 which, in additional to bone health, promotes vascular integrity. Because this product is an isotonic formula, up to 95% of the nutrients are absorbed and enter into the blood stream just minutes after drinking it.

Among other things, Vitamin D3 significantly improves calcium absorption. Vitamin K2 supports the transfer of calcium into bone versus into arteries. Consequently, Vitamin D3 should ideally always be taken with Vitamin K2.

The Vitamin D Council recommends 5000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 daily. Isotonix Vitamin D3 with K2 contains 5000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 along with 45 mcg’s of K2 per dose.

Is your Vitamin D level high enough? Check out this Vitamin D Disease Prevention Chart.

Isotonic – a better way of absorbing nutrients

liquidsThe term “isotonic” means “same concentration”. This condition occurs when the amount of dissolved particles inside of a semi-permeable membrane equals the amount of dissolved particles on the outside of that membrane. Body fluids like tears, blood plasma, and lymph all have varying degrees of tonicity.

When we eat food or swallow supplements, the stomach uses muscle contractions and secretes extra fluids (or absorbs excess fluids) until the contents reach an optimum ratio between the solids and liquids. At that point the solution is in an isotonic state and is ready to cross semi-permeable membranes in the small intestine. The amount of energy required to achieve this state varies based on the type of food (or supplement), amount of food, quality and quantity of digestive enzymes, and stomach pH. This digestive process usually takes 6-8 hours.

The unique aspect of products made by Isotonix® is that the digestive process is acknowledged and addressed by providing nutritional supplements that the stomach doesn’t have to work on. Isotonix® nutrients are delivered into the stomach ready to be absorbed because they are already in an isotonic state. Therefore the beneficial elements are immediately available and quickly absorbed.

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Resveratrol – Good or Bad for Estrogen Related Cancers?

young-womanResveratrol is being widely discussed due to the positive results it demonstrates on anti-aging, cardiovascular health, cancer suppression, obesity related illness, and accelerated tissue healing.

So regarding estrogen-related cancers, why are some doctors recommending avoiding the use of resveratrol?

Well, a 1997 study by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that resveratrol has a molecular structure that is similar to synthetic estrogen and was identified as a phytoestrogen (plant based estrogen).

In December 1997, Dr. Barry Gehm at Northwestern University Medical School explained that: “Estrogen” is not a specific compound but a category of substances defined by their biological effect. Originally named for their ability to induce estrus (“going into heat”) in animals, estrogens act on cells by binding to a protein called estrogen receptor, which then causes certain genes to be expressed, or “turned on.”

The researchers found that certain breast cancer cells that require estrogen were able to survive and proliferate in a resveratrol environment. Therefore, it was prudent to recommend that anyone with a estrogen related cancer should avoid use of resveratrol unless they had received their doctor’s approval.

As research continued on resveratrol, a 2008 study conducted by Dr. Eleanor Rogan at the University of Nebraska Medical Center made a striking observation. This study found that resveratrol’s antioxidant effects may be able to prevent breast cancer before it even starts!

In a press release, Dr. Rogan stated: “Resveratrol has the ability to prevent the first step that occurs when estrogen starts the process that leads to cancer by blocking the formation of the estrogen DNA adducts.  We believe that this could stop the whole progression that leads to breast cancer down the road.”

When estrogen gets out of balance, dangerous estrogen metabolites appear which can initiate the growth of tumors. Dr. Rogan’s research group found that resveratrol increased the production of an enzyme that destroys these dangerous estrogen metabolites thus preventing tumors from being formed.

Medical science is a vast field and new discoveries are made daily.  As in all serious matters in life, research and professional advise help immensely when sorting through available information.

So, when it comes to estrogen related cancer, stay on top of the continuing research being conducted on resveratrol beginning with discussions with your health care provider.

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Getting More Glutathione and Antioxidant Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

The elusive nature of multiple sclerosis has been a source of clinical studies for years.  Researchers at the VU reaching-manUniversity Medical Center in Amsterdam released the results of a study treating 14 multiple sclerosis patients with a combination of antioxidants and other nerve-protecting agents.  The treatment resulted in reductions of relapses by two to three fold, plus decreases in corticosteroid medications.

The study concluded that oxidative stress can be counteracted by naturally occurring antioxidant enzymes which go on to provide protection against future oxidative damage to cells and tissue.

Glutathione is a naturally occuring antioxidant which is produced within the cells of our bodies providing protection against toxins.  Lack of glutathione is seen in virtually every instance of disease, including multiple sclerosis.

Glutathione can only be internally generated, therefore it is important to ingest supplements which will stimulate glutathione production.  Vitamin D3, vitamin K, pycnogenolalpha-lipoic acid, curcumin, resveratrol, B vitamins, and L-tryptophan all stimulate the cellular production of glutathione.

Isotonix® D with K2
Isotonix OPC-3®
Curcumin Extreme™
Isotonix® Resveratrol
Isotonix® B Complex
Isotonix® L-tryptophan
Prime™ Astaxanthin Cardio & Visual Vitality Formula

Combination of Curcumin & Omega-3 Fish Oil Reduced Pancreatic Tumors by 70%

pills-and-fishOne of the deadliest forms of cancer is pancreatic cancer with approximately 3% survival rate five years after diagnosis.  A primary chemotherapy drug used to treat pancreatic cancer is Gemcitabine.  Possible side affects of using gemcitabine include lower resistance to infection (reduced white blood cell production), anemia, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

Dr. Rao at the Medical Oncology and Cancer Chemoprevention Program in the University of Oklahoma Cancer Institute states “Our aim is to develop alternative strategies to prevent and treat high-risk pancreatic cancer patients using non-toxic, naturally occurring agents.”

Anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal medications (NSAIDs) are typically used to deal with the inflammatory response which occurs when pancreatic cancer is developing.  However these drugs often introduce complications including serious heart problems.  Natural compounds like curcumin and Omega-3 fatty acids (which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties on their own) were studied to see if combining them would enhance their cancer-fighting benefits.

The results of a 2008 published study using a combination of curcumin and Omega-3 fish oil demonstrated a four to eight-fold increase in cancer cell death compared to using these compounds separately.   The mice with pancreatic cancer experienced a 70% decrease in the size of their tumors after using this combination.

No negative side effects were observed when using this natural treatment.

Article from Cancer Monthly
Abstract of study
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Heart Health™ Omega III Fish Oil

60 Minutes reports on Resveratrol research

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Click to view video at CBS.com

Last night, 60 Minutes aired a segment on resveratrol and the promise that it holds for extending life and reducing or preventing the diseases of old age.  60 Minutes chose to focus exclusively on the pharmaceutical research leading to an eventual drug–that Galaxo Smith Kline will patent and profit from.  They also only mentioned the research by Sirtris when there has been published studies and other significant research going on all over the globe and at major universities.

This is disappointing considering that you can get resveratrol today and start receiving the benefits immediately.  It makes me wonder if Dr. Sinclair agreed to be interviewed as long as 60 Minutes didn’t mention any of the other readily-available and natural alternatives.

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Resveratrol is a Targeted Non-toxic Treatment for Several Cancer Types

resveratrolFor five years Dr. Arthur Polan from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine has studied the intriguing way that resveratrol successfully destroys difficult to treat cancers without damaging healthy tissue.

Conventional toxic cancer treatments run the risk of permanent damage to vital organs.  Resveratrol offers the promise of effective non-toxic treatment for babies and children afflicted by a nervous system cancer called neuroblastoma.

The delicate nature of the eye poses another conventional treatment challenge.  Ocular melanoma starts in the colored portion of the eye and toxic anti-cancer treatments can destroy the surrounding healthy tissue.  Resveratrol distinguishes between the cancerous and normal cells allowing targeted treatment of this complex organ.  The same applies in skin and breast cancers.

With further study, resveratrol may soon take a place alongside other proven plant based cancer protocols like taxol and etopside.

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Curcumin Protects Heart during Cancer Treatments

heart-in-hand1The Times of India reported on a fascinating study conducted by the Maharaja Sayajirao University and published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology on the benefits of using curcumin and green tea to protect the heart during anti-cancer treatments.

Doxorubicin is a widely used drug in the treatment of cancer.  Unfortunately doxorubicin creates free radical damage in the heart which, with prolonged use, can cause congestive heart failure.

Curcumin is the active ingredient in an herb called turmeric.  Experiments showed that curcumin and green tea produced antioxidant benefits which reduced cardiotoxicity in test animals.

The reduction of free radical formation did not compromise the anti-cancer fighting properties of doxorubicin.

Indian Journal of Pharmacology paper

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Grapeseed Extract Kills 76% of Leukemia Cancer Cells in 24 Hours

A new study by researchers at the University of Kentucky has found that when Leukemia cancer cells are exposed to grape seed extract in the lab, 76% of the cells die through apoptosis in just 24 hours. Normal cells were not harmed. Apoptosis is the natural process of programmed cell death. All cells are supposed to undergo apoptosis when they become damaged or simply reach the end of their useful lives. One of the reasons that cancer cells grow and multiply is that apoptosis is not triggered when it is supposed to be.

The study was published in the January 1st issue of Clinical Cancer Research.

Read full article at NaturalNews.com

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A couple of months ago, Chinese scientists performed a similar study with Pycnogenol® and leukemia with virtually identical results. The evidence is mounting that OPCs and other strong antioxidants have potent anti-cancer properties. Isotonix OPC-3® contains both Pycnogenol® and grape seed extract, plus other OPCs.

Pycnogenol selectively targets malignant ovarian cancer cells

Researchers at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine tested Pycnogenol on ovarian cancer cells and found that Pycnogenol induced apoptosis in the cancer cells, causing them to die, while not affecting normal ovarian cells at all.  This selectivity is very significant since it means that Pycnogenol may be useful as a chemopreventive agent against cancer.

I think that Pycnogenol, grape seed extract, resveratrol, curcumin and other natural substances are part of a new wave of preventative medicine that will significantly improve our health and extend our lives in the future.  Unfortunately, many medical professionals are not well informed about these alternatives and thus don’t recommend them to patients (or worse, suggest that they are not worth trying).  Instead, often the standard approach is only prescribing pharmaceutical substances that treat the disease after it is diagnosed.

Staying aware, and up-to-date, with ongoing research in holistic approaches can often work in concert with traditional treatments. Choosing the best from these two worlds is (in my opinion) the most intelligent approach.

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